Tina Goad is a recent graduate of River Parishes Community College’s (RPCC) mobile crane operator program.
Goad worked for years performing odd jobs such as working assembly lines, security, retail, and manual labor to support her two daughters. As a forklift operator, Goad heard about RPCC’s mobile crane operator training from a co-worker. She immediately enrolled at RPCC to expand her career options.
“The ability to take those classes were life altering for me,” said Goad. “Not only do I have job security in my current position, I continue to receive additional offers for work. I also have opportunities for advancement in my current field, and the added benefit of a substantial pay increase. I make more money now than I have in my whole life!”
Goad was promoted by her employer, MEI, and is now working as a certified small hydraulic crane operator in the chemical refining industry. She plans to continue her training by enrolling in a large swing crane operator course.
“I can be there for my family in ways that might not have been possible before,” said Goad. “My horizons have been broadened in ways I never imagined, and being in this workforce I am emboldened to continue to advance and to grow.”